Fri May 4, 2012
Three Wisconsin Democrats hope to unseat Lt Gov Kleefisch
There are three Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor on the ballot for next Tuesday's recall election primary. But only two of them really want the job.
The candidate with the most name recognition is the president of the Wisconsin Firefighter's Union 35 year old Mahlon Mitchell of Fitchburg. The 15 year veteran of the Madison fire department made a name for himself by taking the podium to speak against Gov. Walker's efforts to strip public employee unions of their bargaining rights.
He's been a speaker at almost every protest rally in Madison for the past year, "We didn't start this fight but if it’s a fight they want it’s a fight they're gonna get. We have to be ready armed and equipped for the battle we have to bring everything to the game like I used to say back in the old days money marbles and chalk everything it takes to play. I see it as our calling to bring American politics labor rights and civil rights to work for all people."
But one of Mitchell’s opponents, Milwaukee private detective Ira Robins says Mitchell doesn't have a plan to back up his words, "He chants about democracy and other things and I have a specific plan to end the corruption and straighten out the injustices."
Robins says if elected he'll use his detective skills to expose political corruption and reduce the role of corporate money in politics. The third candidate on the ballot is Isaak Weix. He owns a hardware store in Menominee. He doesn't want to win the race. He's a so-called protest candidate recruited by the Republican Party to run to make sure there would be a primary for lieutenant governor next week instead of a general election, "If everything goes the way I'd like it, I'd make sure this whole recall effort ends up being a grand waste of time and a waste of money."
The winner of Tuesday's primary will face incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch in the June 5th recall election.